members can join Dr. Walter Meshaka, Jr. Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany on Sunday, May 15th for a walk at Wildwood Park to learn more about the history and ecology of the Pennsylvania canal. Proof of membership required. Space is limited. Follow the link to sign up for this member only event bit.ly/3Jem1EX
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It is only April, but these bright yellow flowers are already blooming and, depending upon the weather, will continue into fall. Considered a w**d, the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) was brought from Europe by colonists in the mid-seventeenth century and is now found in every county in .
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes the exceptional, long-term contributions by an individual who has given unselfishly of their time and talents for the advancement of a Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission site or museum. The State Museum of Pennsylvania congratulates Norman Oelschlegel as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Service Award. Norman began volunteering in 1991 and has been a dedicated volunteer assisting with the 4th floor museum collection projects. Thank you Norman for your long-time commitment and volunteer service!
founder, William Penn, often put his defense of the Quaker faith into print. This volume, written by Penn and fellow Friend George Whitehead, was issued as a reply to an attack by a Presbyterian clergyman a year earlier. On view William Penn's personal copy of “A Serious Apology for the Principles & Practices of the People call'd Quakers, 1671" on Argus bit.ly/3JewTTg
Special events and programs at the museum are made even better because of volunteers like Toni and Andy Donchak. Volunteers welcome families, organize games and activities and are an essential part of our public programs. Are you interested in volunteering? Find out more statemuseumpa.org/join/volunteer/
artists and craftspeople you have a TWO more weeks to apply for "Art of the State"! Visit statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate to apply today to exhibit your work in "Art of the State."
Submissions due by May 6, 2022.
Every year on April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. While Earth Day began in 1970, the movement was influenced by the publication of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” in 1962, which raised public awareness of environmental concerns. The 2022 theme is “Invest in Our Planet. What Will You Do?” Find out more about the history of this environmental action day and what you can do to support the environmental movement on this and every day. www.earthday.org/history/
It is not too late to sign up for Friday's virtual Learn at Lunchtime program. Dr. Curt Miner will be discussing the history of the postwar suburb, Levittown. The program is free, but registration is required. Sign up now bit.ly/3LNc1Es
The Section of Archaeology conducted research at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park for many seasons and appreciated the assistance of dedicated volunteers like Brad Miller. Thank you to Brad and the other volunteers for the hard work they put in at the site! Are you interested in volunteering in the Section of Archaeology? Find out more statemuseumpa.org/join/volunteer/
During the Art of The State 2021 exhibit volunteer art docents, like Carol Tooker, lent their time and talents to provide tours, guide visitors and provide information about the artwork. Thank you to Carol and all who give their time to share Art of the State 2021. Are you interested in volunteering to be an Art of the State 2022 docent? Find out more statemuseumpa.org/join/volunteer/
When the museum is filled with school groups exploring the galleries, our volunteers make their field trips more interesting. Volunteers, like Steve Lantz, are available to interact with the students, sharing information about a variety of topics from state symbols to the Carboniferous Forest. Thank you to Steve and all our volunteers who sign up to help. Are you interested in volunteering? Find out more statemuseumpa.org/join/volunteer/
The State Museum has volunteers that work with our collections. Clydene Strauss and Merikay Wood volunteered in the Archaeology section, assisting the curatorial staff with artifacts. Thank you to Clydene and Merikay for giving your time! Are you interested in volunteering? Find out more statemuseumpa.org/join/volunteer/